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. ENTER . Japan - after the BIG

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The Big Earthquake March 11, 2011, 14:46

東北地方太平洋沖地震
magnitude 9:0

. Tohoku Region Pacific Ocean Offshore Earthquake .

東北関東大震災

. Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster .
. Great East Japan Earthquake .



earthquake night -
the stars are as silent
as ever







. Great Eastern Japan Earthquake .

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JAPAN DISASTER-RELIEF DONATIONS



Please help by making a donation, no matter how small.
. Mark Schumacher

Mark is my Daruma friend from Kamakura.


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Presented by Dr. med. Gabi Greve
Okayama prefecture

Daruma Museum Japan
World Kigo Database


. Daruma for Tohoku .


My home is about 1000 km away from the atomic reactors.
We live high up in the mountains, no worry about tsunami.

I will try and compile a daily report after this triple event of

earthquake
tsunami
Fukushima reactor

Please use the sidebar on the right to navigate this BLOG.



As time goes by (now April 11) there are more rumors spreading and opinions vented.
The damage at the nuclear plant in Fukushima has been upgraded to level 7, like Chernobyl.

I am trying to keep cool amongst all this.

Most entries are a mix of haiku and facts,
from the NHK WORLD online bulletins.

I will try to feature the latest news about the development after the earthquake.

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. . . . . URGENT : as of July 11, 2011

I have to stop the intensive daily reporting.

I will try and keep separate updates on the information of the following topics:

. Radiation problems - INFO .

. Reconstruction efforts - INFO .

. The Political Situation .  INFO .

. Hamaoka Power Plant . INFO .


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. Nai no kami 地震神 .  
The Japanese god of earthquakes



god of earthquakes -
what does it take
to keep you quiet ?





Thank you, Origa san, for your haiga.
Let us hope Nai no Kami accepts this offering.



. Our Haiku Collection of this BLOG .


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- - - - - February 26, 2012

I am collecting memorial artwork and poetry for a special edition
for March 11, 2012!




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The Super Earthquake March 11, 2011
東北地方太平洋沖地震
magnitude 9:0
with a huge tsunami of more than 10 meters

. Tohoku region Pacific Ocean
offshore earthquake .
 

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. The Great Wave by Hokusai 北斎 津波 .
has become a symbol of the Tsunami.


. Earthquake Daruma .


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3/11/2014

- March 11, 2014 - Remember 2011

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The fourth year after the earthquake starts !


three years later -
nothing can erase
these memories

March Eleven -
the power of death
and life






. Remember March 11, 2011, 14:46  

. Remember March 11, 2013, 14:46  


. Hokusai : The Great Wave and the Tsunami .


In Retrospect
. - The End of the Year 2011 - .


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NHK Earthquake Charity Song
Hana wa Saku 花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom






Please take your time to listen here:
source : vimeo.com


MORE videos to watch groups singing for 2013:
. NHK - www.nhk.or.jp/ashita .


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List of Tohoku Initiatives

This is a {preliminary} list of groups, individuals, and institutions active in the disaster hit area of Tohoku in northern Japan, or of projects elsewhere in Japan that can serve as good practice examples for reconstruction.
In its current state,
it represents an unsystematic, broad collection of various projects of differing scopes and scales. In the long-run, however, we aim to provide a systematic database and map of who is doing what, where, how, and with which success in the fields of alternative energy, community building, multi-generation housing, transportation, architecture, master plans, agriculture, economic development, and art & design.
source : tpf2.net/initiatives



Japan earthquakes 2011
Visualization map
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Gabi reports:

March eleven -
I turn the calendar leaf
with a heavy heart  



. TEPCO - Problems in 2014 .


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Bulletins from NHK Online - March 2014

- - - - - March 4
Fukushima town to start rebuilding
A town that co-hosts the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has signed a deal with a government-affiliated agency to rebuild part of the town's infrastructure during the next 4 years.
All 10,000 residents of the town of Okuma were evacuated due to the nuclear accident 3 years ago.
The municipality will start work on the Ogawara district as the first step in rebuilding the community. The government's decontamination efforts have decreased radiation levels in Ogawara, in the southern part of the town. Residents are allowed to visit the district but not to live there.
The municipality hopes to have electricity, water and other infrastructure in place by the end of March 2017.
Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe and Ikuo Kaminishi, president of the semi-public Urban Renaissance Agency, signed a memorandum on Monday to get the project under way.
Watanabe said reconstruction in the area will be the first step toward rebuilding Okuma. He said he hopes to start work as soon as possible with the agency's help.
The town and agency plan to hold further discussions so they can reach a more detailed agreement in fiscal 2014.


- - - - - March 5
More quake-affected families separating
An NHK survey shows that an increasing number of people who evacuated after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami have left the temporary housing where their families live.

NHK conducts an annual survey at a temporary housing complex in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi Prefecture. The 1,100-unit Kaisei housing complex is the largest in the affected areas.
370 people responded to the 3rd survey this year. 33.2 percent said some family members have gone to live elsewhere. That's a 40 percent increase from the survey taken 2 years ago.
38.4 percent said their families had to split up because the living space was too small. Some others cited worsening family relations and divorce.
Professor Yasuo Yamazaki of Ishinomaki Senshu University, who studies the lives of the evacuees at the Kaisei complex, says younger people are leaving temporary housing because it is inconvenient to commute to work or school.
He says it is important that municipalities and volunteer groups work together to support those elderly people who tend to get left behind.


- - - - - March 7
Survey: 74% of voluntary evacuees not returning
An NHK survey has found that many voluntary evacuees from Fukushima are still haunted by radiation fears and plan to live outside the prefecture for good.
NHK conducted the survey ahead of the 3rd anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Following the March 2011 accident, at least 25,000 people who lived outside government-designated evacuation zones left the prefecture voluntarily. NHK received responses from 307 such people.
Results show that 74 percent are planning to stay where they are now or find a new place to settle down. Some of these people had returned to Fukushima at one point but decided to flee again. Many of them cited fears about radiation and possible exposure.

65 percent of the respondents said their household budgets are squeezed, due mostly to a decline in income and savings. Transportation costs were also cited as a heavy burden.
Voluntary evacuees are subject to partial waivers of expressway tolls and limited housing support under a government program.
The survey respondents included 129 households in which the husbands are staying in Fukushima but their wives live separately.

97 percent of them said the husbands have work in the prefecture. 25 percent of the couples cited conflicting views on evacuation and radiation as the reasons for living apart.

37 percent of the couples that live apart said family ties have deteriorated.

60 percent said they were consulting their partners less about personal concerns and about 70 percent said they talk less.

23 percent of the overall respondents had divorced or were planning to divorce.

Kenichiro Kawasaki co-leads an aid group called the Save Fukushima Children Lawyers' Network that is supporting the voluntary evacuees.
Kawasaki says the evacuees need thorough assistance that serves their needs. He notes they have the right to evacuate under law, so they should be granted necessary support to ease the financial strain of being displaced for a long time.



- - - - - March 9
Survey shows 60% see little progress in rebuilding
More than 60 percent of the people responding to a survey see little progress in efforts to reconstruct areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute conducted the nationwide survey from November to December of last year. It covered 3,600 people aged 16 or older. Sixty-eight percent responded.
55 percent of the respondents said reconstruction efforts are showing little progress, and 9 percent said they see no progress at all.
The survey also asked how respondents feel about efforts to decontaminate areas affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
13 percent said they recognize progress, while 85 percent saw little progress.
The survey also asked about the largest task for the Japanese government in the reconstruction process.
45 percent of the respondents cited handling the effects of the nuclear accident.
Associate Professor Reo Kimura of the University of Hyogo says many people affected by the disaster still cannot imagine what the areas and towns will look like after rebuilding. He says that, therefore, people are unable to sense that recovery is making progress.
Meanwhile, another survey shows that the number of corporate bankruptcies believed to result from the disaster was nearly 1,500.
Credit research firm Teikoku Databank says there were 1,485 such bankruptcies since the disaster through last month.
It says the failed companies had a total of more than 21,000 employees.

Anti-nuclear protest on 3rd-year anniversary

Anti-nuclear activists staged a rally in Tokyo on Sunday ahead of the 3rd anniversary of the March 11th accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The protesters marched through the streets toward the Diet building. They held up placards demanding the elimination of nuclear power plants for the protection of children.
They surrounded the parliament building, saying the nation's nuclear plants should not be restarted.
The organizer said about 10,000 people took to the streets. Police put the figure at about 4,000.

- - - - - March 10
Abe calls for accelerating reconstruction efforts
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed his Cabinet to further accelerate reconstruction efforts from the March 11th 2011 tsunami, earthquake and nuclear disasters.
He and his Cabinet ministers attended a joint meeting of the Nuclear Disaster Taskforce and the Reconstruction Council on Monday, the eve of the 3rd anniversary of the calamity.
The Prime Minister said it is important to support the livelihoods of the long-time evacuees and to restore their workplaces. In particular, he called for efforts to prevent the elderly from living in isolation and for providing mental care for children. ...
... The prime minister said it is important to take the opportunity not only to rebuild disaster areas but to address problems such as the declining population, the aging society, and the hollowing out of industry.
He added that the government will work to create a new Tohoku region that will serve as a model for Japan and the world.


- - - - - March 11
NRA head urges recalling 2011 nuclear disaster
Tuesday marks the 3rd anniversary of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog has urged officials on its staff to keep the accident in mind and ensure safety as they do their job.
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka was speaking to about 700 NRA officials.
Tanaka said he is always reminded of the enormous distress the accident caused whenever he talks with people in Fukushima Prefecture. Tanaka himself is from Fukushima.
He said NRA officials must be aware that whenever there's trouble at the crippled plant, a dark cloud of concern weighs on the minds of people who have been displaced by the accident.
Tanaka said it is important for NRA officials to keep the accident in mind and to consider what their responsibilities as they work.
He asked them to sympathize with nuclear accident victims, be aware of what is happening in Fukushima and reconfirm the meaning of the culture of safety.
Tanaka referred to the ongoing safety screening of 10 idled nuclear plants across Japan. He called on the officials to carry out their tasks, bearing in mind the need to prevent accident at the plants. The screening is a precondition for restarting the plants.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority and its secretariat were launched in September 2012. The country's former nuclear regulatory body was seen as failing in its watchdog role.


Japan observes 3rd anniversary of March 2011 quake
Memorials were held across Japan on Tuesday to observe the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disasters of March 11th, 2011.

In Tokyo, about 1,200 people attended a government-sponsored memorial ceremony. They included the Emperor and Empress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of those who lost family members.
The participants observed a moment of silence at 2:46 PM, the time the quake struck 3 years ago.

Abe said the government would speed up rebuilding efforts so that everyone affected could return to normal life as soon as possible. He pledged to build a nation that is resilient against natural disasters.
The Emperor said it is important that all people of Japan should unite their hearts and support each other for a long time so that those affected can live without losing their hopes and in good health.

Representatives of the bereaved families from the 3 hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima also spoke.
Mikiko Asanuma of Iwate Prefecture lost her child in the disaster. She said she will work to rebuild her hometown, which her child loved.
A representative from Fukushima Prefecture, Yukari Tanaka, lost her father. She said the disaster must never be forgotten so that such a tragedy is not repeated.

Authorities have so far confirmed that 15,884 people were killed in the earthquake and tsunami. 2,633 others are still unaccounted for.
In Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, people offered prayers for 51 firefighters who died while helping residents evacuate from the tsunami.

In Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, a ceremony was held at a convention center where more than 1,000 people took shelter after the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The city's 300 elementary school pupils sang a song written to support the recovery efforts from the disaster.

In Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, people still living in temporary housing gathered at a hill overlooking their hometown. They prayed for the victims, including 43 people who drowned in the tsunami while gathering at the town's disaster management office.


Population decline continues in disaster-hit areas

The populations of the 3 Japanese prefectures hardest hit by the 2011 disaster continued to decline.
NHK analyzed the population changes in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures between March first, 2011 and February first, 2014.
The total population dropped by more than 132,000 during the 3 years.
In the first year after the disaster, the population declined by about 85,000, as many people died or were evacuated.
In the second year, the number fell by 29,000, and the third year by 17,000.
Of the 3 prefectures, Fukushima saw the largest population decline -- more than 79,000 -- apparently due to the nuclear accident.
The numbers indicate that, given the slow progress in reconstruction projects, many residents are giving up on the hope of rebuilding their lives in their hometowns.
About 30,000 new homes are planned for those affected by the disaster, but only 3 percent of them were complete as of the end of February.
Progress in projects to relocate tsunami-stricken communities has also been slow. Only 10 percent of the areas planned for relocated communities had been developed as of the end of January.
But the populations began rising recently in some stricken areas, such as Iwanuma in Miyagi, due to progress in community relocation projects. Populations are also increasing in urban and inland areas such as Sendai and Morioka.

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Japan Earthquake: Before and After
Photo Tour
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kizuna 絆 the new bond between people




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. Radiation Problems - INFO .


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1/18/2014

TEPCO - 2014

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TEPCO - January 2014

Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (東京電力株式会社, Tōkyō Denryoku Kabushiki-gaisha, TYO: 9501), also known as Toden (東電, Tōden) or TEPCO, is a Japanese electric utilities servicing Japan's Kantō region, Yamanashi Prefecture, and the eastern portion of Shizuoka Prefecture.
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. TEPCO - Problems since June 2013 .

With the Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo 2020
now even more in the limelight !


Please read the daily news at NHK here
Since November 2013, NHK has a new feature, "Nuclear Watch" !
source : www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english



. Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and Fukushima
東京オリンピック 2020 .

updates on this BLOG

特定秘密保護法案 Tokutei himitsu hogo hōan
The new secrecy bill. secrecy law is dangerous because Japan already has a lot of non-disclosable information and several related laws.
What will happen to the freedom of information, especially with respect to the problems of Fukushima?
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Geheimhaltungsgesetz, “Schutzgesetz” in Japan
vier Bereiche: Verteidigung, Diplomatie, Spionageabwehr und Terrorismusbekämpfung


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- January 01, 2014 -

Nuclear plants unlikely to resume operations soon - NHK
Officials with the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan say no nuclear plants are likely to resume operations in the near future.
They set new safety standards last July following the 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi. The guidelines call on operators to prepare for severe accidents and to reinforce facilities to make them earthquake-resistant.
Seven utilities have applied for safety screenings for 9 plants so they can restart operations.


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- January 08, 2014 -

Decontamination system stops working - NHK
Tokyo Electric Power Company on Wednesday stopped using its systems to decontaminate radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
It has used the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the site.
TEPCO officials say the crane to remove the container from the ALPS stopped working on Tuesday.
The container which stores radioactive substances has to be replaced when it gets full.
On Wednesday TEPCO stopped operating all 3 ALPS systems. It says it may take long time to restart.
The company intends to decontaminate all radioactive water stored in the tanks by March 2015.


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- January 18, 2014 -

Water leak found inside Fukushima reactor building - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has found water pouring into a drain inside the number 3 reactor building.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it is yet to determine where the water comes from, or how much radioactive material it contains.
The company said that the water leak was spotted on the first floor of the reactor building on Saturday by a camera installed on a remote-controlled robot used for removing rubbles. It said that the water flow was about 30-centimeters wide and constant.
TEPCO added that the water is likely flowing toward the building's basement where a large amount of radioactive water has accumulated.
TEPCO says that inside the reactor building there is water for cooling melted fuel and water in the spent fuel storage pool. It says rain water may have entered the damaged building.
TEPCO is trying to find out the source of the leaking water by analyzing footage taken by the camera, as radiation levels are too high for workers to approach the site.


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- January 19, 2014 -

Radioactive water leaking at Fukushima Daiichi
- NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says water leaking in the number 3 reactor building is most likely to have come from the containment vessel.
Tokyo Electric Power Company discovered the water flow on the first floor of the reactor building on Saturday.
The stream is about 30 centimeters wide and continuously pours into a drain.
An investigation showed the water contains nearly as high a level of radioactive materials as the contaminated water accumulating in the building's basement.
TEPCO says it detected 24 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium, as well as 1.7 million becquerels per liter of Cesium 137. . . .

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- January 23, 2014 -

Iwate Prefecture files petition against TEPCO - NHK
Prefectural and municipal governments in Iwate, northeastern Japan, have filed a petition with a state arbitrator to demand that the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant pay nearly 14 million dollars in damages.
The claim is the first by a prefectural government against Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, since the nuclear accident at the facility in 2011.
Iwate Prefecture's government and municipalities, along with other organizations, had demanded that TEPCO pay 73.8 million dollars in decontamination and labor costs. The firm refused to pay about one fifth of the amount. . . . Ichinoseki City Mayor Osamu Katsube said radiation hot spots in southern parts of Iwate have affected local agriculture and livestock industries.
Katsube said TEPCO should fully acknowledge its responsibility and compensate as soon as possible.


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- February 13, 2014 -

Record cesium level in Fukushima plant groundwater
- NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant says water samples taken from a newly-dug well contained the highest levels of radioactive cesium detected so far in groundwater at the site.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says the record levels suggest that the leakage point could be near the well.
The utility on Thursday said it had detected 54,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 137 and 22,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 134 in water samples.
The samples were taken on Wednesday from a new observation well located 50 meters from the ocean near the Number 2 reactor.
The level of cesium 137 is 600 times the government standard for radioactive wastewater that can be released into the sea.
It is more than 30,000 times the level of cesium 137 found in water samples taken from another observation well to the north last week.
TEPCO officials believe radioactive water is leaking from an underground tunnel that extends from the reactor buildings towards the ocean. They have been taking measures to prevent the tainted water from reaching the sea, but have yet to determine where the leak originates.
TEPCO suspects the leakage point is near the new well because radioactive cesium is easily absorbed into soil and is unlikely to be carried over a wide area in groundwater.


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- February 16, 2014 -

Water leaks from barrier found at Fukushima plant - NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says officials have found water leaks at 7 locations in a barrier that surrounds tanks holding contaminated water.
Tokyo Electric Power Company officials said they confirmed on Sunday that water had leaked from the barrier near the Number 4 reactor. It's one of 30 barriers in the compound.
The officials said the amount of the leak was about 19.2 tons, which they believe seeped into the ground.
They detected 23 becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium 90 in water still inside the barrier.
The level is below the national standard for the discharge of contaminated water into the sea, but is 2.3 times the standard for discharging from the barriers.
Heavy rains last October caused the barriers to overflow. That prompted the utility to raise the height of the barriers.
The officials said the leaks occurred at connections between steel plates used to raise the height of the barrier and from where piping was installed in plates.
They said they are investigating why the leaks are concentrated at the barrier.


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- February 19, / 20 2014 -

Thermometer out of order at Fukushima No.2 reactor - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says there is just one working thermometer monitoring the temperature of melted nuclear fuel in the plant's No.2 reactor.
Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Company say they have discovered a fault in one of the 2 thermometers used to monitor the lower part of the reactor's container vessel.
They say the problem was found this week after workers accidently caused a short circuit by delivering 250 volts of electricity instead of 100 volts during checks on the thermometers.
The company continues to pour water into the No.2 reactor to cool the melted fuel at the bottom.
A series of problems left just one of 9 thermometers working at the lower part of the pressure vessel by September 2012. The newly malfunctioning thermometer was installed later that year.
The utility's announcement came more than 24 hours after the abnormality was found on Tuesday.
Officials say they failed to immediately notice the problem since the faulty thermometer was showing a similar reading - about 20 degrees Celsius -- as the working one.
The officials say replacing the gauge is likely to take time because of high radiation levels in and around the reactor. They say a new thermometer will have to be inserted through a pipe.


Highly radioactive water leaks at Fukushima plant - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says water containing extremely high levels of radioactive substances has leaked from a storage tank.
Tokyo Electric Power Company officials said the leak was found on Wednesday night in one of the many tanks being stored on the mountain side of the reactor buildings.
They say the leaked water contained 230-million becquerels per liter of beta-ray emitting substances. The amount far exceeds government limits.
They say the water leaked from a seam near the top of the tank. It traveled along a rainwater pipe and flowed outside the barrier that surrounds the tank.
Officials say they have taken measures to stop the leakage. TEPCO estimates that about 100 tons of water had leaked.
The utility say the water should not have flowed into the ocean because there are no spillways near the tank that lead to the sea. Officials say their investigation is still underway.



Water leak may be due to workers' mistake - NHK, Feb. 21
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the latest spill of radioactive water from a mountainside tank may have been caused by worker error.
... TEPCO had said that one of the 3 valves that connects to the tank may have been out of order. But the utility officials have found from a photo taken on Wednesday that the valve is not broken.
... The utility is also reviewing ways to supervise engineers who handle valves and monitor water levels in a tank.
This is because the water level was not monitored properly at the time the valves were operated. And tools for closing and opening the valves were not stored properly.


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- February 25, 2014 -

Fukushima No.4 reactor pool's cooling fan halts - NHK
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says a cooling fan for the spent fuel pool at the No. 4 reactor has stopped working.
Tokyo Electric Power Company announced on Tuesday that a warning alarm for an electrical problem went off at 9:40 AM.
The firm says work to remove spent fuel from the pool has been suspended. But it says there are 2 cooling systems, so it will switch to the second one and cooling should resume by around 1 PM.
The pool temperature is now 13 degrees Celsius. TEPCO estimates that it will rise by about 0.3 degrees per hour.
The operator says a nearby electrical cable may have been damaged in excavation work. The company is looking into the cause of the fan failure.

Reactor pool cooling system stopped - NHK
The operator of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the cooling system for the spent fuel pool at the No.4 reactor stopped temporarily due to an accident.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says a short-circuit alarm went off at around 9:40 AM on Tuesday, and a part of the reactor pool cooling system lost power.
TEPCO says drilling work on a road south of the reactor damaged a power cable. Cooling resumed around 4 and half hours later after personnel switched the system to another power source.
The spent fuel pool was 13 degrees Celsius when the cooling system stopped. The utility says the temperature rose only slightly, and did not surpass the company's safety limit of 65 degrees.
Workers suspended removing spent nuclear fuel from the No.4 reactor pool due the power outage, but resumed shortly after 2:30 PM.


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. TEPCO - Problems since June 2013 .


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12/27/2013

TEPCO - December 2013

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TEPCO - December 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (東京電力株式会社, Tōkyō Denryoku Kabushiki-gaisha, TYO: 9501), also known as Toden (東電, Tōden) or TEPCO, is a Japanese electric utilities servicing Japan's Kantō region, Yamanashi Prefecture, and the eastern portion of Shizuoka Prefecture.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !



. TEPCO - Problems since June 2013 .

With the Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo 2020
now even more in the limelight !


Please read the daily news at NHK here
Since November 2013, NHK has a new feature, "Nuclear Watch" !
source : www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english



. Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and Fukushima
東京オリンピック 2020 .

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特定秘密保護法案 Tokutei himitsu hogo hōan
The new secrecy bill. secrecy law is dangerous because Japan already has a lot of non-disclosable information and several related laws.
What will happen to the freedom of information, especially with respect to the problems of Fukushima?
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Geheimhaltungsgesetz, “Schutzgesetz” in Japan
vier Bereiche: Verteidigung, Diplomatie, Spionageabwehr und Terrorismusbekämpfung


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- November 30, 2013 -

- short note from TV
Since all the water storage tanks are full, Tepco will stop doing anything about the infected water for a while.
(meaning, it will flow into the ocean without treatment or anything . . .)

Fukushima people learn how to deal with radiation - NHK news
Experts on radiation protection have met with residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to discuss how to deal with daily exposure to harmful substances. . . . The residents added that many young people have not returned to the area because they are worried about exposure to radiation.

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- December 03, 2013 -

ALPS system shut down over leak - Japan Times
A trouble-prone system used to decontaminate radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was switched off Sunday because of a chemical leak, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
Hydrochloric acid, used to neutralize alkaline water being decontaminated, was found seeping from a pipe joint, Tepco said in a statement.
The joint was wrapped in a vinyl bag to contain the leakage, Tepco said, adding it was investigating the cause of the trouble.
About 1 liter of hydrochloric acid has been contained in the bag.
The leak was found at one of three Advanced Liquid Processing System units designed to remove radioactivity from contaminated water at the plant, where a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 sent nuclear reactors into meltdown.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/12/02/national/alps-system-shut-down-over-leak/#.Up0YGycqtBk


Govt. panel urges additional wastewater measures - NHK
A government panel has drafted a report on additional measures to control the radioactive wastewater accumulating at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The government in September announced drastic measures, such as freezing the soil around the reactor buildings to prevent groundwater from getting in.
On Tuesday, the panel called for the rapid implementation of 5 backup measures, including building large storage tanks with double outer walls, and sealing cracks and piping holes with concrete.
It says a plan to pave the ground with asphalt to prevent rainwater from seeping in will be effective, while a measure to surround the wall of frozen soil with another wall was put off for later discussion.
The panel also said the handling of wastewater containing radioactive tritium should be studied by a team of experts to be set up by the government this month.
The measures will be implemented with reference to proposals by experts and engineers in Japan and abroad.


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- December 05, 2013 -

IAEA: Tritium may have to be discharged into sea - NHK
Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency say tritium in wastewater at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have to be discharged into the ocean.
The IAEA probe team released a preliminary report on Wednesday on its investigation, started on November 25th, to help in the decommissioning work at the plant. They interviewed government and plant operator officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company and conducted on-site inspections at the plant.
The report says TEPCO should step up efforts to remove radioactive substances from wastewater accumulating in the plant's tanks and other places. ...
A team of experts sent by the International Atomic Energy Agency suggested Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. should consider discharging toxic water from the Fukushima No. 1 plant into the ocean after lowering the level of radioactive materials to less than the legal limit.
The proposal by the international nuclear watchdog was part of its call on Tepco to improve its management of the increasing amount of radioactive water at the crippled facility and ensure a safe decommissioning process.
Such a step would draw an angry reaction from people, including commercial fishermen, worried about further contamination of the Pacific.
“Controlled discharge is a regular practice at all nuclear facilities in the world,” Juan Carlos Lentijo, director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, told a news conference in Tokyo as the team wrapped up its inspection of the plant.
Lentijo headed the team of 19 experts that arrived Nov. 25 to check the decommissioning efforts, including the radioactive water problem and the removal of fuel rod assemblies from the spent fuel pool high in the reactor building 4.


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- December 06, 2013 -

Highest radiation levels measured outside reactor - NHK
Tokyo Electric Power Company says radiation levels are extremely high in an area near a ventilation pipe at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
TEPCO found radiation of 25 sieverts an hour on a duct, which connects reactor buildings and the 120-meter-tall ventilation pipe.
The estimated radiation level is the highest ever detected outside reactor buildings. People exposed to this level of radiation would die within 20 minutes.
The exhaust pipe in question was used to release radioactive gases following the outbreak of the accident 2 years ago.
TEPCO says radioactive substances could remain inside the pipes.


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- December 10, 2013 -

Govt. panel calls for quick wastewater measures - NHK
A government panel has called for quick backup measures to control radioactive wastewater accumulating at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The government is working to freeze soil around the plant's reactor buildings to keep out groundwater. It's also building a wall along a coastal embankment to keep wastewater from seeping out to sea. But the measures are taking too long, and their effectiveness is in doubt.
The panel recommended a series of supplemental measures that include building double-walled storage tanks and sealing cracks in the buildings with concrete to keep out groundwater. It also called for paving large parts of the plant's compound with asphalt to keep rainwater out.
The panel also suggested that a team of experts assess the risks and technological challenges of handling wastewater containing radioactive tritium, and reach a conclusion by the end of March.


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- December 12, 2013 -

18 firms told to end overwork at Fukushima plant - NHK
Japan's labor watchdog has told 18 firms to end overwork among employees at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
A labor standards inspection office in Fukushima Prefecture gave the correction advice to Toshiba and its 17 subcontractors.
Officials with the Fukushima Labor Bureau say the firms made employees work around radioactive water longer than legally allowed.
Japan's labor standards law permits only 10 hours of work a day when there are potential health risks. That includes maximum overtime of 2 hours.
Toshiba and its subcontractors admitted having some workers put in a few hours more a day between July and October.
Company officials told NHK they mistakenly understood that hours spent in preparation or waiting did not have to be counted in the daily limit.
The officials say they have corrected their practices after receiving the advice.


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- December 13, 2013 -

TEPCO releases findings on meltdown
- NHK
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says an early breakdown of a cooling system likely led to a meltdown at one of the facility's reactors after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Tokyo Electric Power Company on Friday released its findings on the accident at the Number 3 reactor, in a follow-up to a study made public in June 2012.
The previous study said the meltdown began at about 10:40 AM on March 13th -- 2 days after the disaster.
The new report includes an analysis of how the accident started. It says readings of a gauge early that morning showed that water levels inside the reactor were low enough to expose part of its fuel.
The low levels indicate that an emergency cooling system had malfunctioned.
The report also says fire engines began injecting water soon after 9 AM that day, but that the measure may have been ineffective because of pipe leaks.
The firm says similar leaks occurred at the 2 other reactors at the plant that had meltdowns.
The utility plans to continue looking into why and how massive amounts of radioactive substances were released from the damaged reactors.


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- December 16, 2013 -

IAEA demonstrates aerial radiation monitor - NHK
The International Atomic Energy Agency has demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle designed to measure radiation levels in areas too dangerous for humans to access.
The aircraft on Monday hovered over Fukushima City near the site of the 2011 nuclear accident.
The prototype was designed based on a disc-shaped aircraft used for inspecting post-disaster sites around the world.
Presently, an unmanned helicopter developed by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency monitors radiation levels over evacuation zones in the prefecture.
But the IAEA 6-rotor prototype is easier to maneuver. It can thread its way close to building walls and electric cables.
It is radio-controlled. It can fly on automatic pilot by pre-programming data regarding the topography and buildings in the area.
The IAEA hopes to make the aircraft available to Fukushima prefecture in 2 years after test flights in the no-go zones.

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- December 18, 2013 -

French journalists inspect Fukushima Pref. - NHK
French journalists have toured Fukushima Prefecture to see how residents are tackling radiation contamination from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
French radiation protection specialists arranged the tour for about 20 journalists. The specialists are concerned that French media reports on Fukushima may not have been accurate.
The journalists visited Yanagawa Town in Date City. They observed radiation checks of dried persimmons, a local specialty. Firms recently resumed shipments of the persimmons for the first time in 3 years.
The reporters heard that contamination levels have all been within the safety standard.
They also visited a former peach orchard that now serves as a first point of storage for contaminated soil.
The journalists learned that authorities were able to secure the use of the site with the cooperation of locals.
Pierre LE HIR, a reporter for Le Monde newspaper, said it was impressive to see how hard people are working to ensure local farm produce is safe for consumption.
He said he hopes to correct sometimes biased views about Fukushima in France through his reporting.


TEPCO decides to decommission 2 more reactors - NHK
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has officially decided to decommission the facility's 2 reactors that escaped serious damage in the 2011 disaster.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, made the decision at its board meeting on Wednesday. Four of the plant's 6 reactors were crippled due to meltdowns or hydrogen explosions in their buildings.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September urged the utility to decommission the plant's No. 5 and 6 reactors. The 4 others were already being decommissioned.
TEPCO gained approval for the decision from 2 host towns last week. The firm's president Naomi Hirose plans to report on the move to Fukushima Prefecture on Thursday.
The decision means the utility needs at least 260 million dollars more for decommissioning. Part of the additional cost is expected to be passed on to consumers through higher electricity fees.
TEPCO does not plan to immediately dismantle the No. 5 and 6 reactors and their buildings. They are to be used to test technologies and train workers to remove melted fuel and dismantle facilities at the plant's No.1 to 4 reactors. . . .

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- December 20, 2013 -

Radioactive cesium detected in deeper groundwater - NHK
Tokyo Electric Power Company says radioactive substances have been detected in water samples taken from deep underground at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Highly radioactive substances had been detected in previous months in shallow groundwater that was found to be leaking into the ocean.
But for the first time in December, TEPCO investigators detected radioactivity in groundwater taken from a layer 25 meters beneath the No. 4 reactor's well facing the ocean.
In a water sample taken on Tuesday of last week, 6.7 becquerels per liter of Cesium 137 and 89 becquerels per liter of strontium and other beta ray-emitting radioactive substances were detected.
TEPCO officials say radioactive substances may have been mistakenly mixed during the process of getting the sample.
But they are concerned that if contamination of deeper layers of groundwater is confirmed, it could be another source that is leaking into the ocean. The inspectors plan a further examination.
Meanwhile, at the No. 2 reactor, the density of beta ray-emitting radioactivity in groundwater has been rising since November. On Thursday, it registered a record 1.9 million becquerels per liter.


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- December 22, 2013 -

Water leaks found near Fukushima tank barrier - NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says 1.6 tons of radioactive water is estimated to have drained into the ground from the barrier surrounding tanks storing contaminated water.
TEPCO officials said they found water coming from the barrier's foundation joints on Saturday afternoon.
They also said they measured 93 becquerels per liter of strontium 90 in the water remaining within the fence. The radiation level is about 9 times the national limit for water allowed to be released from the barrier.
The officials said they believe cause of the leakage was deteriorated joints.
They also said that, from the radiation level, they believe the leaked water is not radioactive water from the tanks but rainwater that had collected inside the fence.
They added that they think the high level of strontium 90 was detected because the rainwater absorbed radioactive materials that have been spreading in the environment since the March 2011 accident.
They confirmed that no radioactive water leaked into the ocean, as there are no drainage systems leading to the sea near the site.
- a bit later it was
New fix may be needed for leaks from tank barrier
TEPCO officials say an estimated 2.6 tons of water leaked through joints at 2 locations on the barrier's concrete bottom.
They say up to 190 becquerels per liter of strontium 90 were detected in the water inside the barrier. That radiation level is about 19 times the allowed national limit for radioactive water to be released from the barrier. . . .

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- December 23, 2013 -

TEPCO taking watertight measures for barriers - NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is coating the surface of all barriers around contaminated water tanks at the plant to prevent further radioactive water leaks.
TEPCO officials found radioactive water seeping out of the barriers at 4 locations over the weekend.
They say that at two locations degraded resin that seals concrete seams caused the leak. They made sure the leaks had stopped after repairing the seals.
At 2 other locations, they say water was leaking from cracks in the concrete, which they suspect was caused by cold weather. They plan to fill the gaps.
The utility plans to coat the surface of all of the barriers, about 20, as similar problems could appear in other locations.
TEPCO says more than 3 tons of water leaked, and the radiation levels were higher than the allowed national limit for radioactive water to be released from the barriers. But the utility denies the water flowed into the sea, as there are no drainage systems leading there.

Falling water levels within barriers hint at leaks - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says water levels have dropped sharply inside another 2 barriers surrounding contaminated water tanks.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says its workers discovered the phenomenon on Tuesday at 2 barriers near the number 4 reactor building. The water levels in question were last checked on Friday.
TEPCO officials say the water levels dropped 11 centimeters from Friday inside one barrier, and 7 centimeters in the other.
They say nothing suggests that the water leaked into the surrounding ground. And they have noticed no changes in water levels in tanks in the area.
TEPCO officials say the water within the barriers contains up to 440 becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium--- 44 times the government limit for radioactive water to be released from the barrier.
The officials suspect that the water might have gradually seeped into the soil beneath the tank lots.
They plan to drain the water within the barriers and find out what caused the water levels to fall. The utility suspects cracks in the concrete barriers.
Contaminated water leaks from similar lots have already been discovered at 4 different locations over the weekend.


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- December 27, 2013 -

Deteriorated joints may be cause of water leaks - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says deteriorated resin filler probably caused water leaks from barriers surrounding contaminated water tanks.
Tokyo Electric Power Company found a total of 225 tons of water leaked from 2 concrete barriers at the plant on Tuesday.
It also found that the remaining water in the barriers contained radioactive strontium at a level of up to 44 times higher than the government limit.
TEPCO says it drained the water from the barriers and no cracks were seen at the bottom of the concrete.
After applying resin over the joints on bottom, no water leaked.
Thus the utility concludes the joint resin filler probably deteriorated, causing the leaks.
Water leaks in other barriers were discovered earlier this month. A drop in temperature is believed to have widened the space among joints.
TEPCO says it will apply resin on the bottom of all of about 20 barriers at the plant and step up monitoring water levels.


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- November 01, 2013 -

US ready to help decommission reactors in Fukushima
- NHK nuclear watch
The visiting US Energy Secretary says the United States is ready to help Japan decommission reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, if needed.
Ernest Moniz related this in his speech in Tokyo on Thursday. He said the success of the cleanup of areas around the Fukushima plant and decommissioning of reactors have global significance. Moniz said the US has a direct interest in seeing the next steps are done efficiently and safely.
He noted that from the beginning of the Fukushima accident, the US government has supported the Japanese government by sending experts to cope with the accident. . . . The Energy Secretary also asked Japan to join an international pact on compensation for nuclear accidents as soon as possible. Moniz said that if Japan ratifies the treaty, the US will be able to help the country more easily in the work.
Groundwater flows from nearby mountains into the plant compound, absorbs radioactive substances there and then leaks into the ocean. TEPCO is still unable either to identify exactly where radioactive water is leaking or to keep track of the movement of groundwater.
Moniz reportedly said Energy Department researchers are currently working on technologies to contain contaminated water and they can be of help.
A radiation leak at the Hartford nuclear site in the state of Washington earlier this year prompted the US Energy Department to set up a research institute to develop technologies to handle such accidents.
Moniz and Hirose agreed to strengthen technical cooperation in 5 fields. These include disposal of radioactive water, preventing the contamination of underground water and the removal of melted nuclear fuel.
The US Energy Secretary says his government and US companies could help Japan in removing hard-to-filter radioactive tritium from waste water at the country's crippled nuclear plant.

Aso to study state funding for Fukushima cleanup - NHK
Japan's finance minister says he will study a proposal by the Liberal Democratic Party that the government finance the effort to clean up after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Taro Aso told reporters on Friday that he respects and will carefully study related recommendations by an LDP taskforce.
The recommendations were made on Thursday by the taskforce on speeding up the effort to rebuild regions hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, pays for the government's effort to clean up areas contaminated by nuclear fallout.

Govt. to turn TEPCO into a holding company - NHK
Japan's industry ministry started procedures to turn the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into a holding company. It also plans to create a body specializing in decommissioning reactors at the plant under the new firm's wing.
The ministry began the move on Thursday after a taskforce of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party approved proposals designed to swiftly address radioactive water and scrap reactors at the plant.


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- November 02, 2013 -

Ishiba calls for restart of nuclear power plants
- NHK
The secretary general of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party says the country's idle nuclear reactors should be restarted once their safety is verified.
Shigeru Ishiba delivered a speech in Sapporo on Saturday on the government's energy policy.
Ishiba said Japan should reduce nuclear dependence by working on renewable sources such as wind and solar.
But he said the current supply is on a tightrope. He advocated putting back online those reactors that pass screenings.
All the reactors are currently offline for safety checks.
Ishiba noted that new reactors are being built in many countries including China, most with Japan's technology.
The LDP secretary general stressed Japan should further advance its nuclear technology and promote its export.


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- November 04, 2013 -

Govt. to be more involved in Fukushima cleanup - NHK
The Japanese government plans to increase its involvement in recovery efforts from the Fukushima nuclear accident. Efforts include financing work to remove radioactive material from soil and decommission reactors at the Fukushima plant.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a speech in Tokyo on Monday that it's high time to review the policy for recovery efforts.
Suga said the previous government, led by the Democratic Party, chose to have Tokyo Electric Power Company respond to the accident on its own, even though the government could have taken charge of some of the work.
Suga said the government will coordinate its policy with proposals from the main governing Liberal Democratic Party.

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- November 05, 2013 -

Japan to study nuclear accident risk system in US - NHK
Japanese and US officials have agreed to explore ways to introduce a system in Japan for assessing the risk of accidents at nuclear power plants. Such a system is already in place in the United States.
... The US assessment method quantifies factors such as natural disasters, unexpected equipment malfunctions and human error to determine which areas of a nuclear power plant are at high risk.

IAEA dispatches marine analysts to Fukushima
The International Atomic Energy Agency is sending marine monitoring experts to Japan. They will advise on handling radioactive wastewater leaking into the sea from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi power plant. . . . IAEA chief Yukiya Amano says Japan needs to cooperate with international organizations on the Fukushima plant problems.

Ishiba hints at review of decontamination goal - NHK
An executive of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has hinted at a review of the long-term goals in the decontamination of areas around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
... The report calls for the government to better inform local residents that its goal of reducing yearly radiation levels to one millisievert or below cannot be achieved quickly through decontamination work alone.


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- November 06, 2013 -

TEPCO preparing new report on Fukushima - NHK
The head of Tokyo Electric Power Company says the utility is preparing a new report on what caused the crisis at its Fukushima plant.
The step is seen as part of the company's efforts to gain understanding for restarting 2 reactors in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan.
TEPCO President Naomi Hirose told a Lower House panel on Wednesday that the company plans to shortly release its findings on Fukushima.
Hirose said TEPCO has continued to examine the cause of the March 2011 disaster through an expert panel. Members include US and British nuclear power experts.
The new report follows one released in June 2012 on the results of the company's own investigations. But the first report left many questions unanswered.
Hirose said TEPCO will also present the report to Niigata Prefecture for review.
A prefectural technical panel is examining safety features of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, where the utility hopes to restart 2 reactors.
TEPCO apparently decided a further probe into Fukushima was needed to gain the prefecture's approval.

No.4 reactor pool shown to media - NHK
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant has shown the media the pool for nuclear fuel units at the No.4 reactor. Work to remove the units will begin this month. ... Workers will use a crane to transfer the units to a container designed to block radiation. It will be filled with 22 units before being lowered to the ground and transported to a storage facility.

Fukushima decommission at starting line - NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant is preparing to take a key step towards decommissioning the nuclear reactors. It will start in mid-November to remove more than 1,500 fuel rods from one cooling pool.
The operation is the start of a long process expected to take 30 to 40 years.
Tokyo Electric Power Company personnel will begin at reactor no. 4. Its pool stores 1533 fuel units, most of which are highly radioactive spent rods.
TEPCO will also need to clear rods from pools at 3 other reactors in a worse state. Reactor no. 1's pool has 392 units, no. 2 has 615, and No. 3 has 566.
TEPCO officials hope to begin removing rods from those pools in about 2 years. They have been hampered by intense radiation and problems like inflow of rainwater.
They're anticipating a bigger challenge in removing molten fuel from reactor containers. TEPCO hopes to start that stage in 2020.
Workers are prevented by high radioactivity from fully studying the reactor interiors. They are attempting to use remote-control cameras.
TEPCO officials are seeking international cooperation to develop a machine that can remove the molten fuel, an operation never tried before.
The company is also facing other challenges including radioactive-water leakage into the sea and a lack of sufficient skilled workers.



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- November 09, 2013 -

Tainted water leaks again at Fukushima Daiichi - NHK

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have discovered a new leak of contaminated water, this time through a barrier that surrounds wastewater storage tanks.
The workers were inspecting tanks on Saturday when they found tainted water had leaked out of the barrier near the No.4 reactor. They tried to contain it with sandbags.
They reported finding puddles of water 80 centimeters long and 100 centimeters wide beyond the barrier. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company detected 140 becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium.
The utility says the leak occurred near the valve used to drain water inside the barrier. But it says the valve was closed, so it was unlikely to be the cause.
TEPCO officials say no contaminated water reached the ocean.
Engineers at the plant are still investigating. They say faulty joints in the body of the barrier may be to blame. The barrier is made up of concrete blocks bound by metal boards that are fitted either by welding or with bolts.


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- November 11, 2013 -

Ruling parties propose ideas for nuclear cleanup
- NHK
Japan's ruling coalition parties have made a proposal for the clean-up and decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Party officials say the proposal would help accelerate recovery from the 2011 accident.
Senior officials of the Liberal Democratic and the New Komeito parties turned in the proposal to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.
The plan identifies decontamination at the plant as the government's highest priority and imminent task. It asks the government to undertake the task as a public works project after current decontamination plans are carried out.
It also calls for legislative measures to allow the government to take the initiative in decommissioning and dealing with the radioactive water issue. Such measures would be needed to secure funds for such work.
On handing in the proposal, former LDP Vice President Tadamori Oshima urged Abe to lead recovery efforts to help communities and people affected by the nuclear accident. He asked Abe to work out details in line with the proposal.
Abe said the government will lead efforts in decommissioning and dealing with the contaminated water.

Govt., TEPCO target Fukushima water leaks - NHK
Officials from the Japanese government and the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have agreed on measures to protect the plant from heavy rainfall. They are hoping to limit leaks of radioactive water.
Senior Vice Industry Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said an unusually large number of typhoons and storms over the past month caused radioactive rainwater leaks. Part of the water may have seeped outside of the facility and possibly into the sea. ... A team of 22 people, including members of a government committee to manage contaminated water, conducted geological inspections at the Fukushima plant on Monday.


Experts call for change in radiation measuring - NHK
A panel of experts is urging the Japanese government to change the way it measures radiation exposure for evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear accident when they return home.
The panel at the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday endorsed draft proposals covering state support for people who want to return to their homes near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The proposals call on authorities to allow evacuees to return only after yearly radiation levels in their communities have fallen to below 20 millisieverts.
The proposals also say it should be a long-term aim to bring annual exposure levels for people to one millisievert or less.
To date, officials have estimated exposure based on radiation levels in the environment. But the panel says they should measure exposure by equipping individuals with radiation monitors called dosimeters.
Radiation measurements made by dosimeters tend to be one-third to one-seventh of readings estimated through environmental monitoring.
The draft proposals include making maps that show areas with high radiation levels and using dosimeter measurements to enable more effective decontamination work.
The panel also calls for assigning local government officials and health nurses as advisors in each community.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority will officially compile the proposals and submit them to the government.


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- November 12, 2013 -

NRA finishes checks before fuel removal - NHK
Japan's nuclear watchdog has finished facility checks before the removal of nuclear fuel from a badly damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Removing the fuel units is the first milestone in a decommissioning project that's estimated to take about 40 years. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, plans to decommission 4 damaged reactors.
The firm is preparing to remove 1,533 fuel units from a storage pool in the plant's No.4 reactor, which stores the most fuel units among the 4.
On Tuesday, officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority told the utility that they found no problems with a crane, the building's cover, and various facilities. The regulators had been checking since September.
The NRA plans to start checking work procedures on Wednesday to make sure that debris in the pool will not damage fuel units, most of which are highly radioactive spent rods.
If the agency finds no problem with the procedures, Tokyo Electric is to start removing the fuel in mid-November.

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- November 13, 2013 -

Robot pinpoints leaks on Fukushima reactor - NHK
A robot at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has for the first time identified exactly where highly radioactive water is leaking from a reactor.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, on Wednesday succeeded in sending a remote-controlled robot close to the lower part of the No.1 reactor's containment vessel.
The lower section is filled with contaminated water injected to cool molten nuclear fuel. Extremely high radiation levels have hampered efforts to probe that section.
A camera on the robot captured images of water leaking from 2 holes in the containment vessel into the building housing the reactor.
TEPCO engineers say they're not sure how much water is leaking. But they say one of the leaks looks as if tap water is gushing out.
Radiation levels in the area were extremely high at 0.9 to 1.8 sieverts an hour.
Engineers suspect that damage to containment vessels at the No. 2 and 3 reactors is also causing similar leaks of highly radioactive water.
They say Wednesday's finding is important not only in solving water contamination problems but also in carrying out decommissioning. TEPCO will continue to use robots to look for other leaks.

Niigata Governor calls for more explanation
Governor Hirohiko Izumida noted that the NRA decided to proceed, even though radioactive water continues to leak at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. . . .

Agency: Japanese marine products are safe
A senior Japanese fisheries official has told foreign reporters Japanese sea products are safe. The Fisheries Agency is trying to dispel concerns about radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Masanori Miyahara said some radioactive substances were detected in seawater within the Daiichi port in tests from March 2011 - September this year. But he said the level outside the port is mostly below detectable limits. . . .

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- November 14, 2013 -

TEPCO yet to pinpoint reactor vessel damage - NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has yet to determine from what parts of the No.1 reactor containment vessel water is leaking.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, on Wednesday sent a camera-equipped remote-controlled robot close to the lower part of the No.1 reactor containment vessel. The camera captured 2 locations where water was leaking onto the floor of the building housing the reactor.
In one location, water was trickling down the surface of the suppression chamber and pooling on the floor. The doughnut-shape suppression chamber is a part of the containment vessel.
In another, water was flowing out of the tip of a broken pipe. The pipe had been installed to collect dew condensation.
TEPCO believes the water is coming from damaged parts of the containment vessel.
It is the first time that possible leak sites have been confirmed in the No.1 to No.3 reactor containment vessels.
If the damage is pinpointed, it may be possible to draw up measures to suppress the accumulation of wastewater.
It could also help speed up the process of decommissioning the reactor by allowing the filling of the containment vessel with water to extract melted nuclear fuel.
However, high radiation levels and wastewater in the area are likely to hamper efforts to find the damaged parts and take effective measures.


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- November 15, 2013 -

Lawmakers to explore nuclear waste disposal plan - NHK
Japanese lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition parties are set to launch a parliamentarians' group to discuss disposal of highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.

The move follows a call for a nuclear power-free society by former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. Koizumi called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to decide promptly on a zero nuclear policy instead of restarting idled reactors.
Koizumi cited as a reason, difficulties associated with the construction of disposal sites for highly radioactive waste.
The new group will include lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic and New Komeito parties and the opposition Democratic Party.
The members plan to study how other countries manage their radioactive waste and discuss a wide range of issues, including the possibility of new technological developments.
They also plan to look into ways to select the locations of disposal sites.
The lawmakers say they will face the issue head on to encourage public debate.


Fuel rod removal set to start at Fukushima plant
- NHK
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant plans to take the first step in decommissioning the facility next week, more than 2 and a half years after its triple meltdown.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said on Friday that workers will start removing nuclear fuel rod units from a storage pool at the plant's Number 4 reactor on Monday.
. . . The reactor pool is still littered with small debris that could hamper smooth removal of the units.
The job will require extreme caution, as any damage to the fuel or casks could unleash high-level radiation.
If trouble occurs, workers' exposure could reach the safety limit, seriously setting back the removal process.


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- November 17, 2013 -

Fuel rod unit removal to start at Fukushima plant
- NHK
The removal of fuel rod units at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan starts on Monday.
This is the first critical step in decommissioning the facility in Fukushima Prefecture.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said that workers will start removing units of nuclear fuel rods from a storage pool at the plant's Number 4 reactor.
The pool holds 1,533 units of which 1,331 are highly radioactive spent fuel rod units and 202 that are unused.
... They plan to transfer the units into a cask under water in the pool, then use a crane to lift out the cask and transfer it to an outside storage pool about 100 meters away.
In the morning an empty cask will be lowered into the pool and the fuel rod units will be placed into it in the afternoon.
The pool is still littered with small debris that could hamper smooth removal of the units. ...

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- November 19, 2013 -

Nuclear fuel to be taken out of storage pool - NHK
Workers are to take out nuclear fuel from a storage pool at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Fuel removal is a key step for scrapping the damaged facility.
A crane will lift a container with its maximum capacity of 22 fuel units from the pool at the No.4 reactor building on Wednesday.
Removal of the fuel began on Monday. Workers finished transferring the 22 units of unused fuel into the container on Tuesday. . . .


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- November 20, 2013 -

2 more Fukushima reactors to be decommissioned
- NHK
Tokyo Electric Power Company is planning to decommission the 2 reactors at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that were not damaged in the March 2011 disaster.
TEPCO officials said they will first consult with officials in Fukushima Prefecture and in the towns of Futaba and Okuma. An official decision to decommission the Number 5 and 6 reactors could come next month. . . .


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- November 21, 2013 -

TEPCO moves cask from reactor building - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has moved a container, or cask, of nuclear fuel outside of the number 4 reactor building.
Workers just after 1 PM on Thursday moved the cask on a trailer to a separate storage pool 100 meters away.
The cask contains 22 assemblies of unused nuclear fuel rods. . . . The workers will now proceed to transfer the 22 fuel assemblies from the cask to the pool.


"Cask" containing fuel moved into safer pool
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant says it has removed the first batch of nuclear fuel from the reactor 4 building to a safer storage pool. . . .
TEPCO says the building housing the separate pool can withstand an earthquake as strong as the March 2011 disaster that badly damaged the plant.


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- November 22, 2013 -

1st fuel transfer ends at Fukushima Daiichi plant - NHK
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the first batch of nuclear fuel has been transferred from a reactor building to a safer storage pool.
The first 22 fuel assemblies were moved from the storage pool in the No.4 reactor building on Thursday, to a nearby facility housing the safer pool.
Workers unloaded the 22 unused fuel units from a cask container one by one and finished placing each in storage racks inside the pool on Friday evening.
Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to start the second transfer after reviewing whether there were any problems with the first round of work. If not, the utility may start removing spent fuel units that are highly radioactive. . . .TEPCO plans to repeat the process around 70 times to transfer all the fuel units by the end of next year.

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- November 25, 2013 -

Spent fuel to be removed from Fukushima reactor - NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant says it will begin removing highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel from one of its reactor buildings on Tuesday.
On Friday, Tokyo Electric Power Company completed the removal of a cask containing 22 assemblies of unused fuel rods from the storage pool of the Number 4 reactor building to a nearby separate storage pool. . . .


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- November 30, 2013 -

Since all the water tanks are full, Tepco will stop doing anything about the infected water for now.
(meaning, it will flow into the ocean without treatment or anything . . .)


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